Release Date: Jan 27, 2009
Record label: Ed Banger
The concept of the Long Player just doesn’t seem to suit club music. Mixing is too tied up with newness and a rapid turnover of songs and ideas to contemplate such a notion. Perhaps because of this, great dance albums are hardly in abundance. Notable releases from Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco and Cut Copy aside, not since Daft Punk’s prime has there been a breakthrough electro act producing real albums worthy of full play.
In any good DJ set, a careful balance must be achieved between recognizable, relatively conventional pop songs that hold up the set and beats that keep a certain flow going. And even if that's not true, no album should be made up more of the latter than the former. That's the problem that Lambs Anger, the fourth full-length album from Mr. Oizo, encounters.
In the grand scheme of electronic music, 2008 was Gregg Gillis’s year. Feed The Animals, his fourth album of mash-up glitch pop under the name Girl Talk, originally released under the pay-what-you-like format through Illegal Art, found a crack in the marketplace and rode it to almost every major publication’s year-end Best Of list (including a #24 placement at Rolling Stone and top 10 for Blender and Paste). Gillis recycles pop music, taking samples here and there and forcing them into a single track.